Bulkhead, Road Improvements Planned

This bulkhead is on Bay Shore Drive in the Seaweed Harbor area of town. This is a long bulkhead that runs along the bay. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

BRICK – It won’t be long until residents of Parkway Pines will be driving on smoother and drier roads since the governing body awarded a $301,579 bid for roadway improvements there to Meco, Inc. of Clarksburg, NJ.

  The project consists of drainage improvements and roadway rehabilitation to correct drainage and other issues. The scope of work includes Stephan Road from Burnt Tavern Road to Lanes Mill Road, and Mule Avenue from Burnt Tavern Road to Stephan Road.

  Brick’s Division of Purchasing and Contracting received seven bids for the project, which ranged from the winning bid up to $497,315.

  Parkway Pines is located in the northern section of town, two miles west of Herbertsville near the Howell border.

  The council also approved some bulkhead improvements and replacements in various locations throughout the town. The $418,800 bid was awarded to marine contractors R. Kremer and Son of Brick.

  The project consists of bulkhead replacement, including removal/disposal of existing bulkhead, securing of corners, pipe penetration, backfill and restoration at bulkheads on Lawndale Drive, Brower Drive, South Drive, East Coral Drive, and Bayshore Drive.

  The town’s Division of Purchasing and Contracting received four bids ranging from the winning bid up to $1,137,117.

This bulkhead in the Bayview section of town is on East Coral Drive. The hole in the ground in front of the bulkhead is a sign that it is failing. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

  In other news, Mayor John G. Ducey congratulated Brick Little League who won the District 18 tournament, the Section 3 tournament, and the NJ State Championship.

  “It was a great accomplishment for a group of 12-year-olds,” he said. “In any other year we would have been watching them on ESPN, playing in Bristol, Connecticut, then after winning the mid-Atlantic region, we would have been traveling to Williamsport, Pennsylvania and watching them on ABC playing against the world.”

  These events would not be taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  “Those things didn’t happen this year, but the accomplishment is still an awesome accomplishment,” Mayor Ducey said. “These kids have been mainly playing together since they were about eight years old.”

  Last year the team made it to the state finals.

  And finally, the governing body congratulated the retirement of tax collector Joanne Lambusta who has been a township employee for 36 years, starting in 1984.

  “I did have the opportunity to give Joanne Lambusta a Key to the Town as well as a Proclamation naming October 5, 2020 Joanne Lambusta Day here in Brick Township,” the mayor said.

  Usually, Lambusta would have been honored during a council meeting, but the meetings have been virtual due to the public health crisis.

Retiring Tax Collector Joanne Lambusta is seen here with Mayor John G. Ducey with a Key to the Town and a Proclamation naming October 5, 2020 Joanne Lambusta Day. (Photo courtesy Brick Township)

  After working for several years in the tax collector’s office, Lambusta was promoted to Brick Township Tax Collector in 1989.

  In addition to her township duties, Joanne has been a member of the Tax Collector and Treasurer Association of NJ and also the Monmouth/Ocean Tax Collector and Treasurer’s Association. She has also served on the township Planning Board, and on the Environmental Commission.

  Lambusta will be retiring on December 1, 2020.